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On Gifted and an Uncomfortable Beginning- Leslinks Ireland

Imagine…..

Just imagine, you have landed on a planet. On this planet people only eat a quarter of the food that you would normally eat. What is more, it is considered very bad form to request any more than the average helping, as this would be perceived as unnecessary and using more than a persons fair share.

The problem is, although you do not want to offend them, your body naturally needs this larger amount of food to survive. You try to explain this to them, and show them that your body is built a bit bigger and different than theirs. However, although they speak a language that is very close to English, somehow, they just do not seem to understand what you are trying to say to them.

You get hungrier and hungrier day by day. It affects your patience, your concentration and your mood. You try to explain your need to the inhabitants again. Due to your progressive negative behaviour, coupled with the fact, that you have lost weight, are looking a bit dishevelled and are beginning to show a rather desperate glint in your eye, the natives are even more reluctant to listen and retreat from your presence, and give you even less nurishment. This in turn makes you feel lonely, misunderstood and hungry, maybe even alittle angry.

You try to leave the planet, but discover that you are not able to get fuel easily, and will have to wait. You will have to spend many years amongst these people. Thinking about it, you begin to understand that they will not adjust to your needs with any speed, as you are only one of your kind and there are very few of you flying around in spaceships.. another may not land on this planet for a very long time. You realise that it is you that will/must adjust to the natives cultural norms in order to survive. You are facing a lifetime of slow starvation if you cannot find a way to make them understand that your’s is an inherent need and not greed on your part. You face a most difficult task, attempting to change perceptions of folk who are somewhat suspicious of your motives and aren’t easily willing to try and get to know you.

An uncomfortable beginning…

This was shared by a young author who chose to remain anonymous but agreed that it was ok for readers to see it. It is how their initial educational experience seemed to them.. interesting..

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  1. Lisa Conrad
    August 1, 2010 at 9:43p

    Great allegory! So expressive of the way gifted children must feel initially in school, but may not be able to verbalize yet. Kudos to the author!

    • August 1, 2010 at 9:43p

      Thanks for the kind words..

  2. August 2, 2010 at 9:43p

    I second what Lisa Conrad said–what an adept way to express what those-almost-speaking-English can’t seem to understand. I hope this helps!

  3. August 2, 2010 at 9:43p

    I really appreciate your input DeepWaters, it means alot coming from you. ;-D

  4. Tom
    August 4, 2010 at 9:43p

    Awesome. :) I’m glad the author shared it with us. It’s interesting that I can see the same analogy being used for both gifted and LD in the same way here.

  5. August 5, 2010 at 9:43p

    Hi Tom, Thanks for the kind words.. the truth is that I do believe there are an awful lot of similarities with the discomfort that is felt by those who are rather better balanced then the rest of us.. tip things alittle to far in one direction or another and somehow true understanding/acceptance seems to move a few degrees out of sight..;-D.. I’m just excited you found my fledgling blog.. Yay..

  6. August 17, 2010 at 9:43p

    That is exactly how it felt in school. I was never ‘full’ and honestly except for debating in college, until I had the challenge of raising my own gifted children I had never felt constantly challenged and ‘full’. Very interesting and apt metaphor.

  7. August 17, 2010 at 9:43p

    This is a brilliant analogy – thank you very much for sharing it!

  8. August 18, 2010 at 9:43p

    Glad you enjoyed it Jo!!

  9. Louella
    August 23, 2010 at 9:43p

    Thank you so much to the author and inreach for this. This is very helpful reminder.

    • August 23, 2010 at 9:43p

      Thank you Louella for commenting and responding this post, it gives me energy to continue. It is a lovely way to have put things, and is a lovely writter!!

  10. Katalin
    August 24, 2010 at 9:43p

    Hi Les,

    I read this article, and I liked it a lot.
    However, I think it would be a good idea to correct the spelling mistake in the title (comfortable – the r is missing).

    I wanted to write this in a private email, but couldn’t find any other way to contact you, only this public comment form.
    Please feel free to hide this comment after you fixed the error.
    Thank you

    • August 24, 2010 at 9:43p

      Hi Katalin

      Thank you for your kinds words, and no worry with the spelling correction.

      I am grateful to you to have pointed it out. Truth is I am a little 2E myself, so I ‘miss’ things sometimes, and need folk like your helpful self to set me straight!! so thanks again.. Also, it is the first time I have put together something like this blog/site.. so as stated it is under ‘construction’.. and I am welcoming ‘consructive’ advice.. such as your point about adding a private email address to it.. and would probably be a ‘good’ idea!!!;-D..

      I’ll work to add one soon.. Again, thanks for your interest and taking the time to comment..

  11. November 7, 2010 at 9:43p

    This is excellent! Is there a better way of expressing the feelings of a gifted child? Thanks for sharing!

    • November 7, 2010 at 9:43p

      Why thankyou my friend… that is the whole point of my blog… to try and get through, even if a little bit to folks of how it feels/is like to be gifted help others understand, so they may stop, relflect alittle and possibly see the sence in providing for them.. as you well know, giftedness can be a happy place, but equally can be pretty painful and lonely.. Thanks for commenting again..

  12. March 9, 2011 at 9:43p

    This is soooooo true! IN our current educational system, these kids are STARVING for more! The words spoke so clearly about what I haven’t been able to explain lately. Thank you for sharing.

    • March 9, 2011 at 9:43p

      Why thankyou KTVee!! I know I write about specific issues in a ‘picture this’ sort of way which does not always appeal to all, but it is the only way I know how as I am a visual, project my feelings intuition kind of a person.. it is nice to be understood..;-D.. I am glad they spoke to you.. please pass them on to others that ‘need’ to understand this issue re gifted kids.. it’s important!!;-D

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